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Video: Carmelo Anthony’s 22 point first quarter vs. Lakers

Dec 14, 2012, 1:15 AM EDT

It was a perfect storm. Carmelo Anthony is hot, playing as well as anyone in the NBA right now. Anthony was also motivated — the coach he used to feud with was coming to town with his new team. And that new team — the Los Angeles Lakers — plays team defense about as well as you and those other four strangers you played pickup with at the park Wednesday.

The result was Carmelo Anthony with 22 points — in the first quarter. Watch it. That is pure.

After that first quarter where the Knicks as a team put up 41 the game was really over. Kobe Bryant tried, but the Lakers never seriously threatened this game. And if they had, we just might have seen first quarter Carmelo show up again.

  1. progress2011 - Dec 14, 2012 at 6:27 AM

    Dude BALLIN on them boys, like he’s at a practice shoot-around …….ahahahaha

  2. cantonbound13 - Dec 14, 2012 at 7:06 AM

    MVP!!!

  3. nbascreed - Dec 14, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    The Knicks look VERY good and very real. I remember thinking last year during all the Lin hype that it was ABSURDLY silly to even ponder the Lin vs Melo debate. And as far as Melo vs Dantoni goes, I guess we see who has won that little scuffle. Under Woodie, for the first time in his career Melo truly looks like a top 3 NBA player (not just scorer).

    And this start is nice vindication for Woodie. In ATL I thought Joe as the leader gave up on him and so the rest of the squad followed. Melo bought in to whatever Woodie’s selling and the rest of the squad follows. Funny how leadership works eh?

    ktgotgame.com

  4. shaner329 - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Damn the Lakers defense is soft

  5. bastardotheidioto - Dec 14, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Melo is ridiculously awesome…

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